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Support needs of parents with preterm infants at resource-limited neonatal units in Limpopo province: A qualitative study


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Title Support needs of parents with preterm infants at resource-limited neonatal units in Limpopo province: A qualitative study
Creator Mahwasane, Thendo Netshisaulu, Khathutshelo G. Malwela, Thivhulawi N. Maputle, Maria S.
Subject — support needs; midwives; preterm infants; neonatal unit; discharge plan
Description Background: Preterm birth is often unexpected and life-threatening for the baby and/or the mother. When admitted to the hospital, midwives need to provide informational, instrumental, psycho-cultural and emotional support to enhance post-discharge care.Objectives: This study aimed to explore and describe the support provided to parents of preterm infants in preparing for post-discharge care. The study was conducted in three district hospitals in the Mopani district, South Africa.Method: A qualitative approach wherein explorative, descriptive and contextual designs were used. A non-probability, convenience sampling was used to select 23 midwives who were working in the maternity unit for at least 2 years. Data were collected through in-depth individual semi-structured interviews until data saturation was reached. The data were analysed through Tesch’s open coding method. Trustworthiness was ensured through credibility, transferability and confirmability. Ethical principles adhered to were: informed consent, beneficence, right to self-determination, confidentiality and anonymity.Results: The findings revealed that parents need informational, instrumental direct supervision, and psycho-cultural and emotional support during preparation for discharge.Conclusion: Parents were unsure of their ability to care for the preterm infants after discharge and manage their own needs. The provision of informational, instrumental, psycho-cultural and emotional support needs would play a vital role in their ability to cope with their parental roles and the relationship with their infant.Contribution: The support provided to parents could build parental confidence and act as an integral part of neonatal follow-up programmes.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor UNIVEN - University of Venda
Date 2023-10-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v46i1.2409
Source Curationis; Vol 46, No 1 (2023); 8 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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